One of the best tools I have for analyzing seasoning blends—besides the old tastebuds—is a video microscope. With this microscope I was able to clearly see that the salt used in an acquired sample of Mastro’s secret steak seasoning was fine salt like the stuff used on popcorn, and that there was some flour in there, probably to help the seasoning stick to the meat. Identifying those ingredients plus a few more made it very easy to assemble a clone of the blend that you can now use on your favorite cuts at home.
Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3 by Todd Wilbur.
- 2 1/2 teaspoons popcorn salt (fine salt)
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle over steaks before cooking.
Makes 7 teaspoons.
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